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Known Credits: 26

Birthday: 1942-04-27

Place of Birth: Birmingham, West Midlands, England, UK

Adult Actor: False

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John Shrapnel

Biography

Shrapnel was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, the son of Mary Lillian Myfanwy (née Edwards) and journalist/author Norman Shrapnel.[1] As a stage actor, he was a member of Laurence Olivier's Royal National Theatre company and the Royal Shakespeare Company and most recently appeared as Sir Oliver Surface in The School for Scandal (directed by Deborah Warner) at the Barbican Centre in 2011. He has also appeared extensively in film and on television in roles in Elizabeth R, Z-Cars, Edward and Mrs. Simpson, 101 Dalmatians, Space: 1999, Inspector Morse, Coogan's Run, Notting Hill and Foyle's War. He presented an episode of the 1983 BBC television travel series Great Little Railways. He gave performances in three entries in the BBC Television Shakespeare plays and as Creon in the BBC's 1984 productions of the Three Theban plays of Sophocles. In America, he has starred in supporting roles as Senator Gaius in Gladiator, Nestor in Troy and Pompey in the second episode of Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire. He also played the Jail Warden in the 10th Kingdom, an epic fantasy miniseries. He has the rare achievement of appearing in two episodes of Midsomer Murders as two different characters, in Death in Chorus and Written in Blood. Shrapnel appeared in an episode of Jonathan Creek as Professor Lance Graumann in the episode The Omega Man. He appears in Chemical Wedding alongside Simon Callow, telling the tale of the resurrection of occultist Aleister Crowley. Shrapnel also has experience in the field of BBC radio drama through such characters as Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse and William Gibson's Neuromancer. He is the son-in-law of Deborah Kerr through his 1975 marriage to her younger daughter Francesca Ann Bartley. They have three sons, the actors Lex Shrapnel (b.1979), Tom Shrapnel (b.1981) and the writer Joe Shrapnel (b.1976). They live in Highbury, north London.

Acting
2013 National Theatre Live: Macbeth as Duncan/Seyton
2011 The Awakening as Reverend Hugh Purslow
2008 Apparitions - (6 episodes)
2008 Chemical Wedding as Crowley
2006 Alien Autopsy as Michael Kuhn
2005 Wachau - Valley of Golden Magic as Narrator (English Version)
2004 Troy as Nestor
2004 I Am Not an Animal - (7 episodes)
2002 Schönbrunn - Well of Beauty as Narrator (English Version)
2002 K-19: The Widowmaker as Admiral Bratyeev
2002 Claim
2002 Alone as Hannah
2001 The Body as Moshe Cohen
2000 Gladiator as Gaius
1999 Notting Hill as PR Chief
1999 Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters as General Charette
1997 St. Stephen's - The living Cathedral as Narrator (English Version)
1997 Predators Killing for a Living - (13 episodes)
1996 Bodyguards - (8 episodes)
1991 Selling Hitler
1989 How to Get Ahead in Advertising as Psychiatrist
1987 Partition as General Flood
1987 Personal Services as Lionel
1971 Elizabeth R - (6 episodes)
1967 Natural World - (10 episodes)
1900 Edward and Mrs Simpson - (7 episodes)